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Simon's First Stop-Motion Video




Simon Edwards | Obi-wan vs. Anakin from Ali Edwards on Vimeo.

Last week while I attended his IEP meeting Simon got to hang out with his friend Ben. Ben and his Dad had just been perfecting the art of stop-motion and taught Simon the basics. We left there with the name of a small camera and the software (Frame By Frame) Simon needed to make some of his own videos here at home.

The camera arrived over the weekend and he's been making little videos daily since then. This first one is about 9 seconds long - you might have to push play twice (for some reason I did). So cool.

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  1. KathleenB says…
    03/16/2012

    That is so awesome! Reminds me of my boy, who's now almost 27! He used to make those videos, also of Star Wars, so many years ago!

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  2. Anne Brooks says…
    03/16/2012

    Simon needs to come hang out with my son, Alex. Awesome job !

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  3. Tinka says…
    03/16/2012

    Those are so fun to watch. My nephews make those videos alot, as well as movie trailers!

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  4. Deirdre says…
    03/16/2012

    Awesome, Simon! Can't wait to share with my sons:)

    Also hope to come back here and hear of similar software for us PC-users. My sons film a lot of Lego-movies, in hopes of my turning it into stop-action or editing it for them using Movie Maker. But it just takes too much time...would love to hear of a kid-friendly software so THEY could edit!

    One more thing---LOVED your newsletter today, Ali, and it made me think of Karen Maezen Miller's recent post about routine and ritual. She was talking about parenting but I found it to be just what I need to hear in terms of my own work/productivity:
    http://www.karenmaezenmiller.com/routine-and-ritual

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    1. Ali says…
      03/16/2012

      Loved (and actually tweeted) Karen's article - I thought it was fantastic.

  5. Christine says…
    03/16/2012

    Wow, that was great!! So happy to see that he has found this art form!! I see a future movie producer in the making. Thanks for sharing it!
    xoxo, Christine

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  6. Tawnda Andrews says…
    03/16/2012

    Wasn't sure what a stop motion video was. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by it and Simon's genius. LOVE!! First thing I thought was..."AWESOME!"

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  7. Julie Ebersole says…
    03/16/2012

    Simon! Dude! That is one slick video!!! Well done!

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  8. Renee says…
    03/16/2012

    Way to go Simon! Your video is very cool!

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  9. Denise Morrison says…
    03/16/2012

    oh my gosh this is so cool. my son Conner made his first movie this past winter. we used smoovie which makes things super easy. it's for Imac. here's a link if simon would like to see it. Conner liked his film a lot. have fun!

    http://youtu.be/oL2Q5QgJ6s4

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  10. Sheri Crowley says…
    03/16/2012

    WOOP WOOP!! Awesome job!

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  11. Sue I. says…
    03/16/2012

    OMG! That was sooooo cool! I wanna do that! Nice job Simon!!! Ali, what camera and where did you get it? I really would love to do that and I think my 15-year-old son would have fun with it too!

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  12. Sue I. says…
    03/16/2012

    OMG! That was sooooo cool! Nice job Simon!! I wanna do that! And I think my 15-year-old son would have fun with it too! Will need Simon's tutorial though...

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  13. Mikki says…
    03/16/2012

    Outstanding job! Go Simon! I look forward to seeing more.

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  14. Naomi says…
    03/17/2012

    Awesome ... going to be ordering that camera as well! Will purchase through your link though here on the AE site!

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  15. Beth R. says…
    03/17/2012

    How wonderful is this???? Tell Simon he is brilliant and I can't wait for the next one!!

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  16. Petra from NL says…
    03/18/2012

    COOL!

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  17. Amanda Kay Tea says…
    03/18/2012

    wow he did a fantastic job!! loved it :)

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  18. Melonie Madison says…
    03/18/2012

    Great job Simon!

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  19. Marian says…
    03/18/2012

    Wow - he did such a great job for his first weekend. It takes so much patience!

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  20. Cori says…
    03/22/2012

    Thanks for the software link. My son does the same with his legos on my camera but we just sit there and press the next button fast to see it and I didn't how to make it into video for him!

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  21. Domenico says…
    03/22/2012

    Ridiculously cool!

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  22. Kathleen says…
    03/23/2012

    This is so very cool, Ali! My son's desire for all things Lego is waning---so sad! The stop motion might change that....it's a thought! So happy for Simon

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